Category Archives: Competitions

Holiday Party Updates and More

Here is some more information regarding the holiday party happening this Thursday evening:
Nobody needs to bring ice, plates, cups, utensils, or soft drinks. The club is providing these items.
You can see what is being brought here and you can add your items to the list here.
There is a stove and microwave available at the location.
Bring a print to hang!
No firearms are allowed on the premises.
2012 competition awards will be presented at the party.
Party time is 7:00 PM. Here is a map:

2013 Competition Assignments

This list will be posted soon on the competition info page with additional details and explanations but for now here is the basic information so that you can get started. For our next competition meeting in January assigned images will be photographed using any single light source other than sunlight. To be clear, this excludes multiple lights and/or sunlight. This is an opportunity for you to experiment with controlling the variables of light: intensity, duration, quality, direction, and color.

  • January – single light source (not the sun)
  • February – construct a still-life with found objects
  • March – self portrait
  • April – bugs (insects, spiders, centipedes, etc)
  • May – food and drink
  • June – emulate the masters
  • July – implied motion (not frozen action)
  • August – sports: the moment of impact
  • September – storyboard
  • October – landscape
  • November – portrait of a stranger (non-studio)
  • December – no competition

Beginning in January we will be implementing our new policy of requiring AA ranked members to act as the third judge during competitions. We feel this is an educational experience for those who judge and will provide a fresh perspective each month. Don’t be shy and don’t hesitate to contradict Robert or Jim – we want to hear your thoughts!

We will work our way down the AA rankings each month to pick the 3rd judge. If it’s someone’s turn and they are absent we will move down the list and the absent party will take their turn the following month if present.

Final rankings for 2012 will be posted after the awards are presented at the holiday party this week.

Live Broadcasts of Meetings

Beginning with this Friday’s meeting (08/17) our meetings will be broadcast live right here on our website. This will be an option for members who can’t attend but are able to watch from home. If you can’t watch live you can play it back later at your convenience. Once the meeting begins an embedded video feed will appear right here on the home page. The video will also be recorded and will be re-playable at any time.

Please wait until 7:00 pm to access the homepage because the video won’t appear if you log on early and wait for it. If you have already accessed the homepage prior to 7:00 pm then make sure to close your web browser and then re-open it at 7:00 pm. Depending on your web browser’s settings it’s still possible that you might not see the video when you access the homepage after 7:00 pm. If it is past 7:00 pm and you do not see a video feed on the homepage then your browser may be set to load a stale or cached version of the page. In that case use your browsers refresh option. (Usually the F5 key or the circular arrows icon). If the refresh option doesn’t work you may also need to clear your browser’s cache and then re-access the homepage. Refer to your browser’s help file or Google how to the clear the cache in your browser.

If you have technical difficulties viewing on our own website you can watch the video stream/replay on our YouTube channel:

Robert and I have already made a couple of test broadcasts to work out the technical aspects and everything is set to go. The test broadcasts have been deleted and can’t be viewed but the broadcasts of the meetings will remain online for later viewing.

In other news, the July competition scores have been posted and are available for viewing. This Friday’s competition subject is photojournalism – using a photograph to tell a story.


Now that we are 4 months into our competition season a few of our members have now met the minimum participation requirement and also have a high enough score to advance their ranking. Congratulations to Mike Hayes, Amanda Husak, and Don Pullum for advancing to AA ranking! Remember to check our Competition Results page for the latest standings.

We have now implemented the ability to pay your annual dues online. If you look at the TBCC home page in the upper right you will see the link that will allow online payments to made. Payment may be made with credit cards, debit cards, or with a PayPal account. PayPal will service the transaction via whichever method you choose.

Club News

There are a few updates on the Competition Rules page, most important is a clarification of the Modified Category for entries. We are also investigating the implementation of a few technical upgrades for the benefit of members such as adding the ability to pay dues on-line and live streaming of meetings on-line for the benefit of members who may be unable to attend in person on occasion. We will let you know as soon as they are implemented.

Reminder: Competition has been moved to next week to accommodate our guest speaker, Andy from Unknown Photographer, this week.

FYI, Robert and Jim are leading a night photography workshop this month as part of their regular SDL Photo Workshops series. Check out the SDL website for details and registration.

Saturday video series and other info

Happy New Year to everyone! Here is a rundown of some of what’s happening in our club right now:

Please join us on Saturday morning at 10:00 am for the next video presentation. This time the topic will be intimate landscape photography with photographer Bill Fortney.

The assigned category for the January photo competition is Travel. Remember the cutoff time for entries on the meeting night is 6:45 pm and that you must have your dues paid to be eligible. If you wish to pay your dues at the meeting please fill out this form and bring it with you. Your current ranking, based on the final scores from 2011, can be viewed on the new score sheet.

The next SDL workshop that Robert and Jim are doing will be at tRG studio on Saturday the 21st. The topic is food photography. If you are interested please go to the SDL website to find out more information and register.

P.S. Thanks to everyone for making the holiday party a success. The food and the company were terrific. Here are a few snapshots from the event:

September Competition Scores

The September scores have been posted:

Competition Update

The August competition results have been posted:
Congratulations to Dewayman Brown and Jim Tear for advancing to AA ranking.

The September competition subject this Friday is water. Please remember to have your entries and paperwork submitted prior to the 6:45 cutoff time.

Important Updates

Please be aware that effective at our next competition meeting we will be enforcing a cutoff time for entries. We have been receiving large numbers of entries for competition and many of the submissions are arriving at the last minute. This is causing the meetings to start late and run long. From now on entries must be at the submission table or the projector with all paperwork completed no later than 6:45 pm on competition night. If you have a digital submission you can email the file to me in advance if you wish. That will help speed up the process of getting digital files loaded into the computer ahead of the start of the meeting. Make sure that  you drop your paperwork off on time though. Hand delivered prints, digital files, or paperwork arriving after 6:45  pm will not be entered into competition. Use this link to access my email:

For your convenience you can download a printable copy of the entry form here:

We have member badges for you to pick up at the start of meetings now. Please leave your badge when you go home. If you take it with you and lose it there will be a $5 replacement fee.

We are now in the planning stages for our annual holiday party. We have chosen 3 possible dates to have the party and we are allowing members to vote for the date. Only one vote is allowed from each paid member. You can access the voting form here: Holiday Party Vote

Macro Photography Tips, Techniques, and Gear

Since our next competition subject is macro photography I will be hosting a get-together to cover all sorts of methods, techniques, and gear that you can use to create macro photos. You might be surprised to find out that you don’t necessarily need specialized equipment to come up with some interesting macro photos.

The Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 1911 N 13th St, Tampa, FL 33605

We will meet at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Ybor City on Tuesday night, August 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. You can get some dinner to eat while you take in the presentation. Please leave a reply below if you wish to attend so that I can give the restaurant an idea of how many people to expect that evening.

Let me clarify a few things. It’s not a workshop, I’m giving a presentation for the benefit of any of our members who may need some guidance with respect to equipment and techniques that can be used to take macro photos for our next competition. I will give my presentation at 7:00 pm. People can arrive anytime up until then and may order food if they wish and can eat while watching the presentation if they want to. If anyone wishes to do any shooting before or after they are on their own and welcome to do so.

Get Ready For Your Close-Up!

At tomorrow night’s meeting  we will taking headshots and putting ID badges together for members.

The July competition results have been posted and are available to view here:

We had 75 images entered in July, possibly a record for the club. I am working on the images for posting in our gallery and hope to have them up by next week. I will announce it here when they are up.

The August competition subject is macro. Very soon I will try to schedule and announce a macro tips and techniques session for any members who would like some technical insight on this fascinating genre of photography.